Not able to record more than 60 seconds with Windows Sound Recorder

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My work pc is a Dell Optiplex 960, with a Core 2 Quad CPU and 4 GB of RAM, running windows XP SP3. A few days ago I needed to record some sounds with the Microsoft Sound Recorder, but for some reason I am not able te record more than 60 seconds (which is the default recording length). After the first 60 seconds the recording stops which is normal, but if I press the record button again I get the following message: "Not enough memory available to complete this operation. Quit one or more applications to increase available memory, and then try again". I have reinstalled SP3, but it didn't help. I have read that this is a design fault with Sound Recorder and cannot be solved other than by reducing the amount of physical memory, but I'm not sure about that. Have you seen this problem ? Thanks, Carlos DL

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This is a limitation of Windows Sound Recorder.

Hey man, here is the simple answer. All you do is record 60 secs with no audio—save it–then use that BLANK 60 second recording and keep inserting it until you have the length you need. I did that and saved it as EXTENDEDBLANK. Then when you want to record something, just open it, use it to record but don’t forget to save it with a NEW name or you’ll lose your ready made longer blank recording.

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  • carlosdl
    I have done this many times in other similar machines (with less RAM), so the problem seems to be the 4 GB.
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  • carlosdl
    I'm sure I tried the above workaround, and it did not work. However, it seems that Microsoft included a fix for this problem in one of the updates/patches/hot fixes, because I tried the same operation today (on the same machine, with the same OS), and it works now as excpected.
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  • carlosdl
    I think I claimed victory too soon. It allowed me to save 180 seconds, and then the problem occurred again, and also confirmed that the above workaround doesn't work. If I try to insert files which exceed the 180 seconds limit, the same error is raised. Thanks anyway.
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  • Britinga
    Why not simply download Audacity? It's a much better product, and free.
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  • Koohiisan
    I've never had success with Sound Recorder! I gave up on it years ago, since it seemed to impose an arbitrary limit which sometimes wasn't even 60 seconds for me. Weird. I second the vote for Audacity, although I really loved Creative WaveStudio too. I used it in Windows 3.1~XP and it worked fine until I went to Linux and needed something else... Audacity should definitely do everything you need and more.
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  • Cavators
    in widows movie maker select the timeline view. connect the microphone and click the microphone button on the timeline bar. after that you will see a small box with a start narration button on the side of the file toolbar. click the start narration button and speak into your device as much long as you want. when finished click the stop narration button. you will be propmpted to a save narration button save the file. locate it and open with windows media player. you can also in sert pictures in the movie maker at the same time of recording to make a flash file with video summary
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  • Cavators
    go to the sound recorder and record 60secs of blank. save it click insert file and then insert the saved file . the lenghth will increase to 120secs. do this as many times as you can and save the file. close sound recorder and reboot your pc. now open sound recorder and then first insert the saved file in it now speak in the device and enjoy the lenghth of speaking
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